Cotton comes to china Pietra Rivoly in this section provides an interesting intuition in this second part illustrating the history of the Chinese cotton mills showing how despite the terrible working conditions many workers in the past survived in the American clothing factories and in the other clothing factories in developing nations with main reference to china. The author illustrates how the cases of employment in these Factories presented liberty for workers more the women workers saving them from the unworthy working conditions. The author foresees the fact that China will continue controlling the textile and industry globally. The long race to the bottom This means how the different locations venturing into production in the textile industry have continually offered cheaper production methods when compared to their predecessors.
The author illustrates this with intuition giving details of the historical accounts of the clothing and textile production progress. Rivoly illustrates how the race to the bottom has raised serious complaints of the negative effects of cheap labor and clothing in the other nations. The complaints about the dominance of the textile industry by the Japanese are currently raised by the American clothing industry and the same complaints were raised by New England in late 1800s.
Sisters in time The author illustrates the recent inter operations and inter conflicts between the protagonist countries in the clothing and textile industry, the shifts of the market shares dominance from state to state. The unwitting conspiracy Rivoli argues that industrial growth while providing unworthy working environments and living standards for the laborers led to the people awareness on work safety and the workers’ rights. The uplift of environmental issues to people’s attention is mainly related to industrialization, the beneficiaries are the wealthy demanding cleaner environment.
The interaction between the producers and the consumers has led to clean working environments. Summary of the ideas The author puts out clearly the history of global trade in clothing and textiles, illustrating the evolution and the matters of contention between the involved nations. Critique on the validation the author mainly focused on the history of the global textile trade in the USA with little illustrations from the protagonist states. The ideas provide good statistical data and economic history about textile industry that can be applicable in the future.
Work CitedRivoli, Pietra. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade. Hoboken, N.J: John Wiley, 2009.